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Nathan Coppedge

Rookie - 102 Points (10/23/1982 / New Haven, CT)

God In The Box


The only problem is, we don't know.
Everything else can be determined.
Good things in life = good god.
Bad things = bad god.
It might not be the real god.
Then we can blame the god in the box.

Its a philosophy game to play god in the box
the unseen cause that movens the spheres
the secret answer that no living man knows
if a man has ears let him hear:
its music that issues from god-in-the-box.

Its a dilittante's game to play god in the box
he shows you some colors that move you to paint
a canvas. Brilliant they say, and all you respond
'Its art for art's sake. Talk to god-in-the-box! '

Its a novelist's game to play god in the box
you ask them why, and they reply sotto voce
'A character's game is a novelist's choice'

Its a human game, this god-in-the-box
but you ask any one and he says that he's lost.

But even that answer comes from god-in-the-box!

- April 23-24 2006

Submitted: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Edited: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Topic(s): madness


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Notice the incrementally diminishing number of lines in each stanza. It was intentional- -somehow!

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  • Rookie - 102 Points Nathan Coppedge (10/12/2014 11:01:00 AM)

    Thanks for your comment, Chris Howie.

    I like to think it's a good poem, but I've had some critical moments where I thought it was too casual, or I didn't know enough about what I meant by the poem. I think it has a good effect, though. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 322 Points Chris Howie (10/11/2014 8:12:00 PM)

    Solid stuff, though I can't say I quite get the meaning. It's one of those poems that is pleasing to read, just from how it is written, and sometimes that is enough. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 102 Points Nathan Coppedge (4/24/2014 4:51:00 PM)

    Re: Uriah Hamilton: That sounds like a fashionable thing to say. Are you saying God is an alien? (Report) Reply

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